Angus Davies appraises the MeisterSinger Adhaesio Double Time automatic repilca watch, a single-handed timepiece equipped with a dual-time function.
The character of Steel replica MeisterSinger watches is relaxed, employing one sole hand to display hours and minutes. The slow, measured gait of this single hand circumnavigating the dial, encourages the wearer to take time and contemplate life from a more relaxed viewpoint.
In music, timing is everything. The inability to recite music accurately can render a mellifluous symphony into a haphazard cacophony. MeisterSinger, the German watch replica brand from Münster, clearly identifies with music, both with the naming of its company and the musical notation it uses for its company logo, a fermata.
Nevertheless, even MeisterSinger has clients who occasionally need to juggle life in two timezones and, to this end, the brand released its Adhaesio model in 2015, featuring a dual time display.
The dial is available in a selection of shades, including white, black, sunburst sapphire blue and ivory. It was this latter version which I recently had the pleasure of being acquainted with. The muted character of the ivory shade is very becoming, evincing a charming aged character.
Located between the outer time display and the central hub of the dial is a trench-like area, divided into two sections.
An inner ring, which rotates clockwise, is marked with a 24-hour display, employing a mixture of blue and red hues. A depiction of a house in blue sits adjacent the scale, indicating the ‘home time’.
The single hand, like a conductor’s baton, orchestrates the time beautifully, pointing to the hour markers and the 5-minute integers in between when called upon.
A second, outer ring, that rotates counter-clockwise, indicates the date in conjunction with a triangular index.
The 43mm stainless steel case appears slightly larger when worn, but still exudes a discreet persona. The case height of 13.05mm allows the watch replica to neatly nestle beneath the shirt cuff while retaining an agreeable wrist presence.
The bezel, upper surface of the lugs and caseback are highly polished, whilst the caseband features satin brush which tempers the overall aesthetic. Indeed, nothing is showy or excessively flamboyant about the case; tasteful restraint is clearly the order of the day.
An exhibition caseback reveals the self-winding movement within and is retained with four screws.
MeisterSinger has equipped the Adhaesio with an ETA 2893-2 automatic movement. The reliability of this movement is legendary and should provide the wearer with faithful service for many years.
The movement decoration includes Côtes de Genève motif on the oscillating mass and perlage on some of the other surfaces. The finishing is a tad industrial but remains competitive, especially when considering the comparatively modest asking price of £2,250 (RRP as at 8.2.2016).
The frequency of the balance is 28,800 vph (4Hz) and the power reserve is 38 hours.
Ultimately, it all depends on whether you like single or dual time watches, however, rest assured, MeisterSinger has produced yet another horological ensemble which appeals to the senses with its symphony of qualities.
The additional functionality of the Adhaesio allows the wearer to view time simultaneously in two time zones, an aspect which will certainly appeal to some would-be buyers who live life split between two locations.
MeisterSinger has clearly created a niche for itself with its single-handed watches that impart time with a relaxed tone. The way of communicating time is graceful and refined, inviting the wearer to experience life more slowly.
- Model: MeisterSinger Adhaesio
- Ref: AD903
- Case: stainless steel; diameter 43mm; height 13.05mm; water resistant to 5 bar (50 metres); sapphire crystal to front and caseback.
- Functions: Hours; minutes; date; dual-time.
- Movement: ETA 2893-2, Self-winding movement; frequency 28,800 vph (4Hz); power reserve 38 hours
- Strap: Brown Croco print leather strap presented on double folding clasp
- Price: £2,250 (RRP as at 8.2.2016)
The greatest competition for this watch replica is arguably from the MeisterSinger Perigraph replica watch which forgoes the dual time display and, in so doing, proves even simpler to interpret and also less expensive.